John Lewis cleaners’ pay criticised17 October 2012
A senior bishop has criticised the John Lewis Partnership for failing to pay its contract cleaners a fair wage.
In a letter to the chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Charlie Mayfield, the Bishop of Brentwood Thomas McMahon said that he was "appalled" that the company's 2,300 cleaners, who are employed by external companies, were excluded from company benefits and were paid the minimum wage, which is £2.11 less than the London Living Wage (£8.30).
A spokesman for John Lewis said it supports the idea of a living wage but that the company does not insist that firms to whom it outsources cleaning do the same.
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